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Great brunch at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach

Nicole | Feb 3, 200804:08 PM

I was surprised at just how good brunch was today. I had been to Chez Melange once before for dinner, and thought the food was pretty good but not great...combined with the geriatric crowd and outdated decor, I didn't think I'd ever be returning (much prefer Christine for dinner in that area). Anyway, I had come across a few positive chowhound reviews for brunch at Chez Melange, and decided to give it a shot again today. So glad I did! The creme brulee french toast was amazing...super-moist, creamy, and flavorful, without being overly sweet or heavy. Although the creme brulee flavors were prominent, it didn't feel like eating dessert. Probably the best french toast I've had. The deep fried eggs florentine was a nice take on a classic dish...came with 2 perfectly cooked poached eggs which both had crunchy fried breading on the outside and a liquid yolk on the inside, served over a bed of fresh spinach, with fried prosciutto. Hollandaise sauce was flavorful yet still light. This dish was a little too salty for my taste, but still very good. The coffee had a nice mild flavor. Service was very attentive and friendly. Oh, and the crowd was much more mixed than at dinnertime. We had felt out of place among all the dressed up grandparent types in the evening, but fit in ok being 30ish and dressed casually mid-day (there was a wide mix of ages and styles of dress). Brunch was reasonably priced for the quality...french toast was $12, fried eggs florentine was $13, coffee was $2.50. Anyway, I will definitely be back for brunch, although I still won't be going for dinner.

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